CuriousCountryCreations.com and RestorationHardware.com are two of multiple online vendors that sell preserved boxwood, an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 20 feet high and 15 feet wide. Boxwood cuttings work well as filler in floral arrangements and backdrop for garlands, wreaths and wedding arbors.Continue Reading
The boxwood's dense texture and tiny foliage makes it an ideal landscaping plant. Boxwood shrubs grow best in well-drained soil and partial shade. Even growth and good health can be accomplished with regular watering that moistens the entire root ball. Though boxwood shrubs are usually reproduced from cuttings, starting with seed provides more variation in shape and foliage size. Cuttings produce the same growth pattern as the parent plant. Pruning removes stray branches and allows light to reach inner growth, helping to prevent disease. Shearing is recommended during early growth to increase density and compactness for eventual sculpting. If manicuring is not applied, boxwood shrubs spread into small clouds of foliage close to the ground.
Green tower boxwood was popular for topiary designs nurtured in royal Mediterranean gardens during the Renaissance. Dwarf English boxwood is prized for hedges and bonsai. Wintergreen boxwood has dense tiny foliage and is native to Korea. Boxwood is fragrant and frequently used to define garden beds and paths.Learn more about Botany